Written and presented by Prof. Amanda Vickery, Professor of Early Modern History at Queen Mary, University of London.
Produced by Matchlight, (C) Matchlight, 2009
Nominated RTS Programme Awards 2010, History.
First broadcast Nov/Dec 2010, BBC 2 at 9pm
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The Guardian: "At Home with the Georgians: Another Snifter of Brilliance from Auntie's history cupboard."
The Sunday Telegraph: "Amanda Vickery is a naughty, clever, humourous eavesdropper on the past… She has the Georgians in her sights like no one since Jane Austen."
The Sunday Times: "Simon Schama possibly excepted, television has never before seen so exuberant a history presenter: Vickery enthuses about her Georgians like soap-opera characters and treats the viewer as a confidante; and when she says her Essex chatelaine combined Margaret Thatcher's bossiness and Nigella Lawson's flirtatiousness, there's a hint of self-description."
The Daily Mail: "This fascinating three-parter… With a little discreet dramatisation, these people come vividly alive, often in surprising ways. Perhaps the biggest surprise is that Georgian house-hunting was such an emotionally charged process, and driven less by women than by men."
Radio Times: "We've already seen that Professor Amanda Vickery can evoke an intimate picture of domestic life just from reading a set of 17th-century accounts. But she can also detect hubris or sorrow from a persons choice of wallpaper and a pitiful social life from a Georgian gents missing teapot. Neatness is what the Georgians called style and, with the new trend of visiting each other at home for tea and gossip, it was vital for your house to have it. But while we glimpse some splendidly elegant interiors, it wasnt all grand designs. In a desperately sad sequence, Vickery reveals how snippets of fabric were used to keep track of foundling children's parentage."
Amanda Vickery is Professor of Early Modern History at Queen Mary, University of London. She is the author of Behind Closed Doors: At Home with the Georgians (2009) and The Gentleman's Daughter: Women's Lives in Georgian England (1998).